FA Cup, time for rest and rotation
Time was, the FA Cup was the most prestigious and romantic domestic cup competition in world football.
Famously the oldest cup competition in the world, the FA Cup has gradually lost lustre and prestige over the years.
The rise of the Champions League has seen the FA Cup take a major hit, as most of the big sides would rather finish 4th in the league than lift the FA Cup.
It’s become a competition to rest experienced players and blood younger ones, and that’s exactly what Jurgen Klopp has done for today’s 3rd round clash against Plymouth.
Klopp names youngest ever Liverpool side
Divock Origi and Emre Can are the only regular first teamers in a side populated by young academy graduates.
Experienced pros like Lucas Leiva and Alberto Moreno also feature, but even with them in the side, the average age of the team is 21.
Woodburn is just 17, while Ojo and Ejaria are just 19.
The score is currently 0-0 at half-time; if Liverpool win the tie with this team Klopp will be hailed for giving youth a chance; if they lose he’ll probably be ridiculed for naming such a young team; that’s the risk he’s taken.
Karius – 23
Trent – 18
Gomez – 19
Lucas – 29
Moreno – 24
Stewart – 23
Can – 22
Ejaria – 19
Ojo – 19
Woodburn – 17
Origi – 21
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) January 8, 2017